São Tomé and Príncipe
São Tomé and Príncipe holds regular, competitive national elections and has undergone multiple transfers of power between rival parties. Civil liberties are generally respected, but poverty and corruption have weakened some institutions and contributed to dysfunction in the justice system. Threats to judicial independence have been a growing concern in recent years.
Freedom in the World — São Tomé and Principe Country Report
São Tomé and Principe is rated Free in Freedom in the World 2023, Freedom House's annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide.